Paul Johnson
Paul Johnson
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How does a human hand work? How does a robot arm move like a human hand? Our design challenge builds on what we learned in the previous cardboard grabber project. We’ll make a stronger, longer ‘articulated’ grabber than can be opened and closed from a greater distance.

Audience: Grades 4-5

Equipment: Cardboard, Paper fasteners (wire or pipe cleaner could work as a substitute), Rubber band, String, Tape (anything stronger than Scotch tape), Stick/rod (This could be a ruler, paint stirrer, wooden dowel, yardstick, large popsicle sticks taped together), Scissors, Hole punch, (It’s okay if your student doesn’t have all these materials. There are still lots of ways to participate during class and the project could be finished after class.)

Upcoming Session

KIDS TrackWhen: April 30, 2PM EDT (7PM BST) Duration: 30 minutes

29 of 40 spots reserved

About the Instructor

Paul Johnson
Paul Johnson
Paul is a certified Positive Discipline in the Classroom educator. He teaches after-school robotics and coaches elementary and middle school Lego League robotics teams for Avenues. His company Manhattan House of Robots develops STEM programs for after-school and summer enrichment. Before working in education Paul spent a decade in China managing engineering teams through every phase of product design, user feedback, production and quality control. He’s a Certified Scrum Master and is part of an Agile Education community working to teach children collaborative teamwork, a self-guiding visual cycle of learning, and failure as a necessary, positive step in the iterative cycle of improvement. Paul is also an award-winning writer and has published dozens of magazine columns on fatherhood, apprenticeship education, the creative benefits of multilingualism, and raising third culture children. He speaks English, Chinese and German.

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Date: April 9, 2020

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